Block pile: Jays halt Hickman hitters

It’s one of the basic rules of the road: Red means stop.

MU Volleyball takes on Nebraska

At least 100 bright-eyed kids line the the long side of the volleyball court. The smiles are stuck on their faces and their bodies jitter in anticipation. The 6,105 fans stand as the pep band plays the fight song. Then it happens: Jessica Vander Kooi is introduced to the Hearnes Center.

Tradition fires up Aggies’ faithful

Around a giant bonfire at Midnight Yell before a Texas A&M football game, the flames captivated 4-year-old Grant Castleberry more than the yells. Now a senior at Texas A&M, Castleberry holds one of the most coveted positions on campus: Head Yell Leader for the Aggies.

MU fails to prevent Nebraska’s 23rd straight win in Columbia

For Nicole Wilson, one feat will remain unaccomplished. The senior middle blocker from Lincoln, Neb., has achieved a lot in her four years on the Missouri volleyball team. Most notably, a 25-win season last year which saw the Tigers reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Rainout gives Cardinals pitching options

NEW YORK — The New York Mets might have to face Chris Carpenter sooner than expected.

Flight of fancy turns tragic

NEW YORK — CAssociated Pressory Lidle hoped to use his passion for flying to get away from a difficult season.

Serving it homestyle

Her former classmates stop her on campus and gape like they have seen a ghost.

Kewpies change scheme

When a coach says he has his best forwards in 8 years, then three weeks later changes the team’s offensive philosophy, something must be amuck.

Bruins trying to overcome injuries

There’s no known cure for the injury bug. No cough syrup or throat lozenges or nasal decongestant to ease the pain. Not even grandma’s special tea will do the trick. Sure, you can take a Tylenol, but by then, you’re watching from the sideline.

Cougars’ season hinges on their next two games

The next two games for the Columbia College soccer team will be vital for the team’s postseason outlook. The Cougars are tied with William Woods for the final berth in the Region V conference tournament and are one point behind Illinois-Springfield for the second to last slot.

Tigers trained to tune out media

Stay off the Internet. Change the channel on the television. Don’t even bother turning to the sports page in the newspapers.

No. 1 Huskers a big foe

There are many reasons why tonight’s match is the biggest of the year for Missouri’s volleyball team.

Win takes Bruins to sectionals

Welcome to mid-Missouri, where Mother Nature suffers from an acute case of schizophrenia. It seemed she couldn’t decide whether or not to rain on Bethel Park, spitting sprinkles on the smooth green concrete of the park’s eight tennis courts several times.

Weaver leads Cardinals into Game 1 of NLCS

NEW YORK — The New York Mets sailed through the season, while the St. Louis Cardinals squeaked into the playoffs.

Triumphs in Texas make Tigers tempting

Dave Yost wishes Missouri could play a football game in Texas every year.

Bruins junior spikes Owensville

If the ball is set perfectly for Brandi Williamson, hovering perfectly above the net, consider the play over. That’s when she is most dangerous.

Columbia College’s winning streak grows

During the Columbia College volleyball team’s 16-game winning streak, Yi Zhang has emerged as a solid hitter and a lethal server.

Rams creating own luck

ST. LOUIS — Marc Bulger knows luck is involved in his franchise-record string of 214 passes without an interception. Just like the St. Louis Rams know they’re fortunate to be 4-1 after clinching their second victory with a fumble recovery.

Injuries plague streaking Chiefs

KANSAS CITY — Dante Hall, one of the NFL’s most dangerous kick returners, has a hip injury and his status is uncertain for this week’s game at Pittsburgh, Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said Monday.

Perfect start puts Tigers in elite company

LUBBOCK, Texas — This was the kind of win programs point to as a stepping stone on the way to achieving something great.